Character Spotlight – Lobo

LOBO MUST BE REVEALED TO THE PEOPLE!!

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Lobo is a fictional Western comic-book hero who is the medium’s first African-American character to headline his own series. Lobo starred in Dell Comics’ little-known, two-issue series Lobo (Dec. 1965 & Sept. 1966), also listed as Dell Comics #12-438-512 and #12-439-610 in the company’s quirky numbering system. Created by Dell editor and writer Don “D. J.” Arneson and artist Tony Tallarico, it chronicled the Old West adventures of a wealthy, unnamed African-American gunslinger called “Lobo” by the first issue’s antagonists. On the foreheads of vanquished criminals, Lobo would leave the calling card of a gold coin imprinted with the images of a wolf and the letter “L” Tallarico in a 2006 interview said that he and Arneson co-created the character based on an idea and a plot by Tallarico, with Arneson scripting it.

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